The media today is like an uncontrollable raging forest fire which is showing no signs of the flames dying off and in fact, it still is able to burn brightly when there is nothing left. The effects of the mass media is HUGE.
Watching the trailer for “Miss Representative” it really shows how much the double standards portrayed in the media has done to many, including children. We never really considered how the media can negatively affect us on a personal level and making matters worse, we are ‘blind’ consumers of this genre. In today’s modernized world, it is utterly disgusting to see women being put in roles that are degrading and that their worth is only in their appearance, not how intellectual they are. In fact, an intellectual woman is regarded as a bitch and men will come up with ways to shut her up and out. If a guy has multiple partners, he’s THE MAN but if a girl does the same, she’s labeled a WHORE. Double standards or what?
The increasing phenomenon of globalization of the mass media has allowed more of such negativity to transcend into many markets who once did not have access to such degrading content. If a 14 year old is able to question to fundamentals of the industry, why is that the executives sitting in the comfort of their air conditioned offices not realize the damage it is doing to the masses from a really young age. Do they want young girls to have a skewed image of what beautiful looks like grow up thinking and feeling they are never good enough, never pretty enough and never thin enough?
This lady is Isabelle Caro, a French model who died a year ago at the age of 28. She battled with anorexia since she was 13 years old because she never felt thin enough to be a model. When she finally realized her folly, she turned around and begin fighting the anorexia and eating disorders, opening up about her personal struggle with anorexia and warned other girls about the affliction. Her story still lives on and it has even inspired fashion houses to place a restriction on overly thin models strutting down the cat walk in fashion shows in Europe.
An interview with Isabelle Caro.
Forget Miss Universal or Miss World beauty pageants. We have taken pageants to a whole new level.
Beauty contests just for children aged between ONE and THREE. (!!!)
In the United States, a reality series Toddlers & Tiaras pits (you guessed it) toddler against toddler in beauty pageants meant just for them. What values and message are theory trying to send to millions of young girls around the world and in America itself? If you ever catch an episode of this series, you will be appalled at what the toddlers are doing. Making out the world requests for tanning, for particular beauty regimes if not, they will not appear on stage. Would it inevitably cause these girls who can barely think for themselves to end up one day like Isabelle Caro? Is this really the environment that we want our children to grow up in? Surrounded by superficiality? It is a disturbing fact that a typical American child would have spent more time on TV than he or she will ever spend in school. Shocked? So parents, better start restricting your children’s TV time.
One of the important fixtures of our 21st Century would the unhealthy obsession with celebrities. Many gossip websites strive to provide their readers with up-to-date, minute-by-minute detailed reports of the latest on goings in Hollywood and celebrities around the world.
Our need for constant updates of our favorite celebrities are made easily available through the internet on gossip blogs such at perezhilton.com or eonline.com. Hordes of readers from all around the world throng to such websites everyday to pry into the lives of celebrities. (I admit, its my guilty pleasure.) In a nutshell, although these sites primarily revolves around news about celebrities, they touch also the major happenings around the world and even weird quirky news involving your everyday people doing terribly stupid things and getting into trouble with the law. Follow this link of a good LOL.
Celebrity blogger Perez Hilton is an openly proud gay man and has no qualms about his sexuality and he is, indirectly, helping break the social stigma that is constantly attached to a person being gay. The taboo topic to date is slowly opening up with more and more states in the United States legalizing gay marriages. Gay or not, we are all still human beings and what rights do someone else have to denounce your rights and attach you with a label because you are what you are. The mass media is an excellent platform to promote such causes as such bloggers hold significant influence in society.
He also outrightly criticizes those celebrities who are too thin, and I suppose its a good cause and it promotes the right thinking and mentality amongst his younger readers that being stick thin shouldn’t be encourages. However, there is always two sides to a coin. Once a celebrity packs on a couple of pounds, they are deemed to be too fat and overweight and spiraling out of control into depression. And in fact, they look HEALTHY. Like normal human being would look.
Would you consider Christina Aguilera (pictured on the left) has been consistently under fire for being fat after she got a divorce and just because we may be used to seeing her a little smaller than she is now, doesn’t mean she is FAT! Heck, she looks like how your everyday woman would look like. Confident of her curves. Our personal prototypes of how someone should look should be based on what we see everyday and not an unrealistic one that we are exposed to everyday in the media. Stick thin models like Kate Moss gracing our screens and posters is just unhealthy for the youths of today.
So, why it is said that what is showing on air is a representation on what or where s society is at today and how we perceive things. Then why is it that there is still so much negativity out there in the media and the huge disparity between men and women in many industries today?